A can’t-miss story of family and lies, secrets and repressed memories, set against the stunning backdrop of Nantucket.
“I can’t encourage you enough to treat yourself to this exceptional and poignant escape to Nantucket.”—Kathi Macias
Lynette Carlisle witnessed her mother’s death twelve years ago. But her memory only speaks through nightmares. Her four older siblings each left their Nantucket home as soon as they were able, never speaking of that tragic day.
Lynette alone stays with their father on the island, and when it becomes clear they are losing him to Alzheimer’s, she calls her siblings home, each of them bringing along their own secrets. They aren’t the only ones returning to the island—their childhood neighbor, Nick, comes home to his own family drama, never expecting a Carlisle family reunion. As Lynette spends time with Nick, she suspects he knows more about their mother’s death than he lets on.
With summer storms raging around them and their father speaking more and more of their mother’s death, the Carlisle siblings must face the truths threatening to surface. And these truths will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever.
“A poignant, multi-faceted novel that pulled me in deeper with every turned page, The Things We Knew so adeptly explores the power of truth and its ability to set us all free. I can’t wait for readers to fall as hopelessly in love with Nick and the Carlisle family as I did. Well done, Catherine West!”—Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of The Art of Losing Yourself
“A beautiful exploration of the bonds that tie us together as family and the secrets that sometimes unravel those threads. Catherine West builds a world worth entering and characters that linger long after the last page is turned.”—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Feathered Bone
“Smartly written and highly engaging, Catherine West's The Things We Knew dazzles, piercing the shadows of a family's tragedy with the light of love.”—Billy Coffey, author of When Mockingbirds Sing
West (Yesterday's Tomorrow) brings to life a familiar plot centered on memories of past family trauma papered over by secrets. In present-day Nantucket, Mass. Lynette Carlisle, youngest of five siblings, is carrying the family's burden, caring for her aging father as their home decays. She struggles with unclear, disturbing recollections from the day of her mother's death. Nicholas Cooper, her next-door neighbor and longtime crush, adds romantic tension and his own family issues as Lynette's siblings slowly straggle back to their childhood home, each bringing some weighty baggage. Reckoning and reconciliation ensue as the Carlisles uncover and acknowledge truths about the past and present and assume responsibilities. West is a good painter of atmosphere, making the foggy past ever so slightly sinister. The Carlisle family probably has one troubled child too many, diluting the story and requiring too many quick resolutions of underdeveloped plot threads and characterizations. But dysfunctional families are the irresistible hook of many novels, and West manages the central tensions well.
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THE THINGS WE KNEW
After the mother's death, the 4 siblings left home.Now 12 years later, the father's health is failing, and money problems. And their home Wyldewood is in disrepair. Lynette / Linny is now seeing them return, with secrets of alcoholism, drugs. Even the neighbor, Nicholas / Nick has returned. Linny always felt like he knew more about her mom' s death , then what he said Then his father Anthony offers to buy Wyldewood. How can two dysfunctional families, with all their secrets find healing. Very well done, bring each character to life and what they have gone thru. Many well enjoy this family type story.
Given ARC. by Thomas Nelson for my honest opinion of which I have given.